It's been a while since I've posted anything. My excuse this time is my first vacation since I arrived in Kazakhstan in August 2008. It's been a great three weeks in Portugal, Spain, and Bulgaria, but all good things come to an end. I will shortly begin the epic odyssey back to Zhezkazgan, which is comprised of a four hour bus ride, a night in Sofia, 11 hours of flights that sandwich an eight hour stop in Amsterdam, a 32 hour train ride and enough layover time in Almaty to make it journey that spans five days -- from a Sunday evening departure in central Bulgaria to a Friday morning arrival in central Kazakhstan. To me, the most absurd thing about all this is how typical it feels.
I'll do my best to write more my once I get home, but Blogspot and other blogging services have recently had "connectivity issues" in Kazakhstan. We'll see.